College of Education Departments & Centers

Director: Dana Brigson

The Business Education program offers various learning opportunities such as online and face-to-face courses in order to better help students with busy schedules.

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Director: Jodi Saunders


The Child Advocacy Studies program can provide a career in many fields including social services, healthcare, education and criminal justice.

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Department Chair: Dawnette Cigrand

The Counselor Education program offers evening and weekend classes in addition to online, hybrid and face-to-face classes. The program will prepare you for a career in the field of counseling.

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Department Chair: Penny Warner


Early Childhood and Elementary Education prepares students for teaching in today's society. A Reading Instruction minor is also available.

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Department Chair: Rhea Walker


Education Studies contains both Business Education and Foundations of Education.

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Department Chair: Theresa Waterbury


Leadership Education strives to prepare students for school and organization management in ways that help each individual learner.

Department Chair: Raymond Martinez

The Physical Education and Sport Science program offers preparation for careers in physical education (teaching), coaching, sports administration and many others.

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Department Chair: Joel Traver


The Rochester Education program includes Rochester Elementary Education, Austin Elementary Education, Master of Science in Education and Graduate Induction Program. Programs are offered in both Rochester and Austin.

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Department Chair: Jim Kirk

Special Education prepares students for working with students who have various disabilities including developmental and behavioral.

Director: Paula O'Malley

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The Center for Licensure, Accreditation, & Assessment deals with data collection, analysis, reporting and more. The Center ensures that the College of Education continues to meet all Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements.

Director: Dr. Stephanie Bohlman

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The Center for Student Success assists teacher candidates from pre-admission to their first semester at WSU and through the student teaching process prior to graduation.

We offer advising, answers to program questions, field experience placements, and student teaching placements.

We're ready to help you navigate your way through WSU's College of Education.

Director: Michael Henderson

The Outdoor Education & Recreation Center offers various exciting events and opportunities to get outside and explore.

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Karen Sullivan, Director

The Children's Center provides education and care for children between the ages of 6 weeks – Grade 3 (through the summer after Grade 2).